Transportation

Community Safety
1:47 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Why Do People Drive Distracted When They Know It's Dangerous?

TTI is responsible for one of the nation’s most extensive texting-while-driving studies – one that demonstrated how texting behind the wheel doubles a driver’s reaction time.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

USAA has teamed up with Texas A&M to find out why people take their eyes off the road when they don’t have to.

The cooperative survey is an attitudinal study designed to learn what behaviors distract drivers, and why they continue to engage in distracted driving even when they know it’s dangerous.

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Transportation
10:49 am
Sat January 12, 2013

City Council Removes Private Funding From Streetcar Project

This poster was displayed at the streetcar public meeting in November where residents and business owners gave input on the project.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The controversial San Antonio streetcar project is moving ahead without help from the private sector. On Thursday city council voted to remove money from property owners that would have amounted to about $15 million.

Even though there is tens of millions of dollars coming from the county, $40 million from the city, and newfound money from VIA, Dist. 10 Councilman Carlton Soules said he believes that if people want streetcars, they should be allowed to help fund it.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Eastbound & Westbound 1604 Connectors Now Open To 281 South

The northbound 281 to 1604 East and West connectors were opened in Nov.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

On Friday, motorists in the Loop 1604 and Hwy. 281 corridors received an early Christmas gift in the form highway connectors. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority has opened the last two connectors for the first phase of the project; westbound and eastbound 1604 onto 281 south both opened to traffic at noon.

Michelle Martinez with the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority said the contractors were able to complete the connectors a little ahead of schedule.

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Transportation
1:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vía Board Votes To Raise Regular Bus Fares

New services like Vía Prímo are part of the reason that the board voted to increase fares.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Vía Metropolitan Transit Board voted to increase regular fares on Tuesday night, but it doesn’t mean customers will immediately see increased costs.

A local governmental approval committee consisting of Bexar County Commissioners, members of the San Antonio City Council and members of the suburban council of mayors will still need to give the green light before fares go into effect on Feb. 1.

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City Infrastructure
2:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

San Antonio's Growing Pains: Road Repairs Part Of Progress

Barricades are set up along parts of Blanco Road under construction
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Construction is a constant obstacle in an old and growing city, as city leaders identify decaying streets, sidewalks and other infrastructure in need of repair through bond projects.

One of the areas in need of attention is Blanco Road. Phase one of a project includes Hildebrand to Fresno and El Monte to Olmos Creek; work still leftover from the city’s 2007 bond project.

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10:58 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Dallas' DART Raises Rates - Vía Metropolitan Transit Considers Same

Lead in text: 
Vía is considering a 10 cent rate hike for a regular bus fare, which would amount to a $5 increase for a full-fare monthly pass. Currently, a regular bus fare costs $1.10 and a full-fare monthly pass is $30; In Dallas, the regular fares for DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) just jumped from $1.75 to $2.50. The public meeting for Vía in San Antonio is Monday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Vía Metro Center, 1021 San Pedro. For more info go online to: www.viainfo.net/Communications/CommunicationsMain.aspx
Dallas Area Rapid Transit bus and rail fares rose Monday for most riders. Passengers didn't necessarily like it, but accepted the hike. At DART's busy West
Vía's Streetcar Proposal
10:29 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Vía Streetcar Meeting Reveals Expectations And Concerns For Project

At the meeting, Vía was able to learn more about what people expect from a streetcar system.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

More than 100 community members turned out at Sunset Station last night to talk about the city’s proposed streetcar system. The meeting was an effort to begin a two-way dialog between Vía Metropolitan Transit and people who would use and pay for mass transit.

Guests at the meeting gathered around tables with street maps and placed 6-inch lengths of track along downtown thoroughfares where they would like to see streetcars.

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The Source
1:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The SH 130 Toll Road Debate: Are Taxpayers Taking Too Much Of The Risk?

Central Texas Highway map showing how the new SH 130 (red) provides a way around IH-35 traffic.
SH 130 Concession Co.

The new Texas State Highway 130 toll road extension is now open and charging motorists to enjoy it’s privatized asphalt while pushing their speedometers to 85 mph. It’s the fastest stretch of legal driving in the nation.

Also known as the Pickle Parkway, it’s the first public-private partnership highway in Texas, but according to opponents the partnership allows the private company to shoulder very little risk, and instead puts taxpayers on the line to pay for such risks as uncollected tolls.

Pro Toll Road:

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Transportation
11:21 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Vía Prímo: Express Bus Service To Downtown And Medical Center

Vía's Bus Rapid Transit system, Prímo, will launch Dec. 17.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Prímo, San Antonio’s bus rapid transit (BRT) system, will officially launch Dec. 17 amid a transition for the organization; Vía Metropolitan Transit CEO Keith Parker stepped down to take the lead position in Atlanta’s public transportation system.

Vía spokesperson Priscilla Ingle said that with ridership at an all-time high, the standard 40 foot bus wasn’t working anymore, especially for the downtown-to-Medical Center corridor.

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